To Vigil or Not to Vigil
By Roland Comtois
From famed singer Adele using her voice to honor the victims lost in the worse massacre on U.S. soil; to Lady Gaga standing firm in her words of belief and love; from Broadway, to London and across the globe, people have been stunned and shocked by the tragic loss of 49 lives in Orlando, Florida. So, should we gather again to affirm and showcase our solidarity and love?
In gathering we convey commonality of belief and our earthly mission while acknowledging that we are many points of its individual expression. As we gather, our intention is to clarify who we are.
The vigil, a place to gather peacefully to pray, is not for the lunatics of the world. It is a time and place to honor the memory of those that have passed away. It is a brace, for those left behind because a walk alone during this time should not be. It’s for you as you navigate the enormity of the loss. It’s for me so I can catch my breath because premeditated destruction of life should not be a part of our society.
The vigil gives us a chance to work out our distress, pain and fear. It gives us a place to converge and find civility. It makes us stronger than we were before we began the journey. Whether you’re standing side by side on a crowded street or holding prayer in the quietness of your home, there is power to transform societal fear into peace.
I cannot change the way the hateful think or act. I really wish I could. I can be a guide for those in pain; helping address the cause and encouraging them to move through it.
Violence is not in my wheelhouse. Sorry, Wait! I am not going to apologize for that, not now…not ever. Those enlisted to protect us, should protect us. They should become the force that disables the criminals of our society. I cannot; this is not my path. So what can I do? What can you do?
Should we foster our grief over the loss of innocent lives? Should we become so angry that our vision is clouded? Should we stand still, powerless and voiceless when tragedy grips our souls?
No. No. No. We should stand together, globally, one by one united by the power of our humanity. We should gather to show our solidarity. We should voice our grief. We should speak our truth. We should stand strong. We should share our anger, so we don’t become anger itself. We should be purposeful and present in our grief and in our peace. And, yes, we should not cave in to those people who penetrate our peace with their venom.
The vigil is an offering to support the peaceful transition that is needed when atrocities like this grip our movement. The vigil promotes our humanity again and again. It allows us to see that the world cannot be defined by a few that hold terror as their mantra. The vigil’s message is directed to the many that are influenced by the power of, yes, I’ll say it. love.
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